Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) defends against Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Branden Albert Signs With Miami Dolphins


Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) defends against Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, Branden Albert is leaving the Kansas City Chiefs and has signed a lucrative deal with the Miami Dolphins.


We had a pretty good idea Albert was not going to re-sign with the Chiefs a few days ago so this move was a foregone conclusion. Early indication suggests Eric Fisher will move to the left side of the line and Donald Stephenson will play right tackle. This is unless the Chiefs make an unexpected free agent move or draft an offensive tackle in the first round.

Curiously, Kansas City’s offensive line played better with Albert out of the lineup the last month of the season. That line featured Stephenson at left tackle and Fisher at right tackle. The only potential missing piece from that line would be Geoff Schwartz, who is expected to leave via free agency.

Albert was a first-round selection of the Chiefs in 2008 by then general manager Carl Peterson. The pick used to select Albert came from the trade that sent Jared Allen to to the Minnesota Vikings. During his time in KC, Albert made one Pro Bowl and was an above-average left tackle. He was also the only consistent part of the offensive line over the last five seasons as the Chiefs have seen a ton of turnover from the unit since SCOTT PIOLI arrived in Kansas City.

The battle at left tackle between Stephenson and Fisher begins now.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    The team had good reasons to be apprehensive about giving him that kind of jack. He hasn’t made more than twelve starts in a single-season since 2011. Sucks to see him go, but I stand behind the business decision. They made an effort to get something for him last year, but Miami lowballed Dorsey and traded away their highest R2 pick.

  • Patrick Allen

    Might be the Chiefs figured they could get the same level of play out of Albert, in Reid’s system, with Fisher and Stephenson. If they are right then that is money they can use to pay players they don’t already have a replacement for.

    • micah stephenson

      I have 100% confidence that Fisher and Stephenson will do a great job. They both will look real good pretty quickly. We still have Allen and Hudson. I’d move Watkins up and be done with it. Id spend my money on DE, WR, CB, FS, pass rush LB this yr.

  • berttheclock

    Al, who? Time is well past to move on.

  • Tony Parker

    OUCH, that’s a lot of dough, see ya BA and best of luck.

  • Priest4Prez

    Ya’ll hear Jared Allen loving the Broncos….this is going to be a long season. Kind of need all those offensive linemen now don’t we?